Biggest Cricket Stadiums in South Africa

Biggest Cricket Stadiums in South Africa

This is a list of cricket grounds in South Africa. The list includes biggest grounds that have been used for Test, One Day International, Twenty20 International, first-class, cricket matches. Grounds that have hosted mens international cricket games are listed

List of South Africa cricket grounds by capacity

Rank Stadium Capacity Location
1 Wanderers Stadium 34,000 Johannesburg
2 Kingsmead Cricket Ground 25,000 Durban
3 Newlands Cricket Ground 25,000 Cape Town
4 Centurion Park 21,000 Centurion
5 Mangaung Oval 20,000 Bloemfontein
6 Willowmoore Park 20,000 Benoni
7 St Georges Park Cricket Ground 19,000 Port Elizabeth
8 Senwes Park 18,000 Potchefstroom
9 Buffalo Park 15,000 East-London
10 De Beers Diamond Oval 11,000 Kimberley

1) Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

The Imperial Wanderers Stadium ( Affectionately known as the Bullring due to its intimidating atmosphere) is a stadium situated just south of Sandton in Illovo, Johannesburg in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Test, One Day and First class cricket matches are played here. It is also the home ground for the Highveld Lions, formerly known as Gauteng (Transvaal).

The stadium has a seating capacity of 34,000, and was built in 1956 to replace the Old Wanderers Stadium. It was completely overhauled following South Africas readmission to international cricket in 1991. In 1996, five new 65-metre-high (213 ft) floodlight masts replaced the existing four 30-metre-high (98 ft) masts, enabling day-night limited-overs cricket. It is nicknamed The Bullring due to its design and intimidating atmosphere.

On 1 October 2004, the Wanderers Clubhouse was virtually destroyed by fire. At that stage it was known as Liberty Life Wanderers, but as from the 2008/09 season, Bidvest Group took up the sponsoring of the ground, thus it became its present-day name of BIDVest Wanderers Stadium until the end of September 2019.

On 4 October 2019, the Wanderers Stadium announced a new naming rights deal with Imperial Logistics. The stadium is now referred to as Imperial Wanderers Stadium

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Opened 1956
Capacity 34000
Known as Kent Park
Ends Corlett Drive End, Golf Course End
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to Gauteng, Transvaal
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 37
Matches won batting first 17
Matches won bowling first 10
Average 1st Inns scores 313
Average 2nd Inns scores 280
Average 3rd Inns scores 252
Average 4th Inns scores 206
Highest total recorded 652/7 (146 Ov) by AUS vs RSA
Lowest total recorded 49/10 (29.1 Ov) by PAK vs RSA

STATS - ODI

Total matches 43
Matches won batting first 17
Matches won bowling first 26
Average 1st Inns scores 236
Average 2nd Inns scores 206
Highest total recorded 438/9 (49.5 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 109/10 (23 Ov) by SL vs IND
Highest score chased 438/9 (49.5 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest score defended 149/10 (45 Ov) by RSA vs ENG

STATS - T20

Total matches 23
Matches won batting first 12
Matches won bowling first 11
Average 1st Inns scores 170
Average 2nd Inns scores 141
Highest total recorded 260/6 (20 Ov) by SL vs KEN
Lowest total recorded 83/10 (15.5 Ov) by BAN vs SL
Highest score chased 208/2 (17.4 Ov) by RSA vs WI
Lowest score defended 118/7 (14 Ov) by RSA vs BAN

2) Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban

Kingsmead is a cricket ground in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Its stated capacity is 25,000, although grass terracing makes up part of the viewing area. The end names are the Umgeni End (north) and the Old Fort Road End (south). It is the home ground of the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins.

In October 2019, Hollywoodbets was announced as the naming rights sponsor to the ground, with it now being known as Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium until August 2024.

The venue hosted the first home Test for the South African cricket team after re-admission into international cricket and also hosted the Test against the English cricket team in 1939, which lasted from the third to the thirteenth of March and was called off over fears that the English would miss their ship home.

The first Test match to be played here was between South Africa and England on 18 January 1923, which resulted in a draw on the 5th day

It has been renowned as a seamers wicket, and there is also a famous myth regarding how the tide affects batting conditions, as the ground is quite close to the beach. Many batting collapses in matches in the past have jokingly been blamed on changes in the tide.

On 19 September 2007 the ground witnessed Yuvraj Singhs iconic six consecutive sixes off Stuart Broads over in the World Twenty20 match between India and England, to mark the fastest fifty ever in any form of cricket.

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Capacity 25000
Known as Sahara Stadium; Kingsmead
Ends Umgeni End, Old Fort End
Location Durban, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to KwaZulu-Natal, Natal
Floodlights Yes

STATS - ODI

Total matches 47
Matches won batting first 22
Matches won bowling first 18
Average 1st Inns scores 235
Average 2nd Inns scores 184
Highest total recorded 372/6 (49.2 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 91/10 (29.1 Ov) by IND vs RSA
Highest score chased 372/6 (49.2 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest score defended 208/6 (50 Ov) by PAK vs RSA

STATS - T20

Total matches 15
Matches won batting first 7
Matches won bowling first 6
Average 1st Inns scores 152
Average 2nd Inns scores 139
Highest total recorded 218/4 (20 Ov) by IND vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 73/10 (16.5 Ov) by KEN vs NZ
Highest score chased 158/4 (19.1 Ov) by RSA vs NZ
Lowest score defended 164/9 (20 Ov) by NZ vs ENG

3) Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town

Newlands Cricket Ground (known as Six Gun Grill Newlands for sponsorship reasons) in Cape Town is a South African cricket ground. It is the home of the Cape Cobras, who play in the Sunfoil Series, Momentum 1 Day Cup and RamSlam Pro20 competitions. It is also a venue for Test matches, ODIs and T20Is. Newlands is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world, being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devils Peak. It is close to Newlands Stadium, which is a rugby union and football venue. The cricket ground opened in 1888. In March 2019, it was announced that the owners of Newlands Cricket Ground, the Western Province Cricket Association, went into partnership with Sanlam, to form a new office-block development as part of the cricket ground.

The title deed for the land currently containing the ground was granted to a brewer, Jacob Letterstedt in 1845, who then presented it to his daughter, Lydia Corrina, as a wedding present upon her marriage to the Vicomte de Montmort.

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Capacity 25,000
Known as Sahara Park; Newlands; Western Province Cricket Club; Newlands A
Ends Wynberg End, Kelvin Grove End
Location Cape Town, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to Western Province
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 58
Matches won batting first 23
Matches won bowling first 24
Average 1st Inns scores 328
Average 2nd Inns scores 296
Average 3rd Inns scores 235
Average 4th Inns scores 161
Highest total recorded 651/10 (154.3 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 35/10 (22.4 Ov) by RSA vs ENG

STATS - ODI

Total matches 43
Matches won batting first 28
Matches won bowling first 15
Average 1st Inns scores 235
Average 2nd Inns scores 188
Highest total recorded 367/5 (50 Ov) by RSA vs SL
Lowest total recorded 43/10 (19.5 Ov) by PAK vs WI
Highest score chased 259/3 (47.4 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Lowest score defended 140/9 (50 Ov) by RSA vs WI

STATS - T20

Total matches 23
Matches won batting first 7
Matches won bowling first 15
Average 1st Inns scores 154
Average 2nd Inns scores 145
Highest total recorded 193/5 (20 Ov) by AUS vs RSA
Lowest total recorded 96/10 (15.3 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Highest score chased 192/1 (17.4 Ov) by ENG vs RSA
Lowest score defended 154/8 (20 Ov) by RSA vs ENG

4) Centurion Park, Centurion

Centurion Park is a cricket ground in Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa. It is also known as SuperSport Park since television company Supersport bought shares in the stadium. The capacity of the ground is 22,000.

The Titans cricket team, have played most of their home games here since 2004. The ground was home to the Titans predecessor team Northerns (previously Northern Transvaal) since 1986.

This ground was a venue for 2003 Cricket World Cup and the Indian Premier League 2009 which took place in South Africa. It was also selected as a venue for ICC Champions Trophy 2009 and hosted the final on 5 October 2009, one of the greatest achievements for this stadium. Sachin Tendulkar also scored his 50th Test Match century on this ground.

It hosted an Australian rules football practice match in 2008 between Carlton and Fremantle.

Supersport Park also hosted a domestic and continental Sixes tournament, where home side, the Titans, came out on top in the domestic competition, and South Africa winning the continental competition against Kenya in the final.

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Capacity 22,000
Known as SuperSport Centurion; Centurion Park
Ends Pavilion End, Hennops River End
Location Centurion, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to Northern Transvaal, Northerns
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 26
Matches won batting first 11
Matches won bowling first 11
Average 1st Inns scores 329
Average 2nd Inns scores 326
Average 3rd Inns scores 237
Average 4th Inns scores 161
Highest total recorded 621/10 (142.1 Ov) by RSA vs SL
Lowest total recorded 101/10 (34.4 Ov) by ENG vs RSA

STATS - ODI

Total matches 54
Matches won batting first 22
Matches won bowling first 30
Average 1st Inns scores 246
Average 2nd Inns scores 209
Highest total recorded 392/6 (50 Ov) by RSA vs PAK
Lowest total recorded 118/10 (32.2 Ov) by RSA vs IND
Highest score chased 319/3 (46.2 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Lowest score defended 198/10 (44.3 Ov) by AFRICAXI vs ASIAXI

STATS - T20

Total matches 12
Matches won batting first 8
Matches won bowling first 3
Average 1st Inns scores 172
Average 2nd Inns scores 147
Highest total recorded 241/6 (20 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 100/10 (12.2 Ov) by RSA vs PAK
Highest score chased 226/5 (19.1 Ov) by ENG vs RSA
Lowest score defended 126/5 (10 Ov) by RSA vs SL

5) Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

Mangaung Oval, previously known as Springbok Park, Chevrolet Park, Goodyear Park, and OUTsurance Oval, is a cricket oval in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches. It is the home of the Knights cricket team. The stadium holds 20,000 people and opened in 1989.

The ground hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 when South Africa cruised to an eight-wicket victory over India. In October 2000 it was accorded full Test status with the visit of Zimbabwe.

Early in 1994 at the ground Hansie Cronje smashed 251 with 28 fours and six sixes against the touring Australians. The ground played its part in South African Test history when, fittingly, Allan Donald, who as a Free State cricketer played many times at the ground, became the first South African to capture 300 Test wickets during the First Test against New Zealand in November 2000

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Capacity 20000
Known as Chevrolet Park, OUTsurance Oval, Goodyear Park, Springbok Park
Ends Loch Logan End, Willows End
Location Bloemfontein, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to Free State, Orange Free State
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 5
Matches won batting first 3
Matches won bowling first 2
Average 1st Inns scores 411
Average 2nd Inns scores 301
Average 3rd Inns scores 224
Average 4th Inns scores 78
Highest total recorded 573/4 (120 Ov) by RSA vs BAN
Lowest total recorded 147/10 (42.5 Ov) by BAN vs RSA

STATS - ODI

Total matches 31
Matches won batting first 13
Matches won bowling first 16
Average 1st Inns scores 239
Average 2nd Inns scores 196
Highest total recorded 399/9 (50 Ov) by ENG vs RSA
Lowest total recorded 78/10 (24 Ov) by ZIM vs RSA
Highest score chased 274/4 (48.3 Ov) by RSA vs AUS
Lowest score defended 203/6 (50 Ov) by AUS vs RSA

STATS - T20

Total matches 4
Matches won batting first 3
Matches won bowling first 1
Average 1st Inns scores 149
Average 2nd Inns scores 130
Highest total recorded 195/4 (20 Ov) by RSA vs BAN
Highest score chased 169/3 (15.5 Ov) by RSA vs ZIM
Lowest score defended 64/4 (9 Ov) by RSAW vs BANW

6) Willowmoore Park, Benoni

Willowmoore Park is a multi-purpose stadium in Benoni, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches and hosted two matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. The stadium holds 20,000 people and opened in 1924. After withdrawing their sponsorship from St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth, Sahara started sponsoring Willowmoore Park, thus for sponsorship reasons it is known as "Sahara Willowmoore Park".

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FACTS

Opened 1924
Capacity 20,000
Known as Sahara Willowmoore Park
Ends Chalet End, Ekurhuleni End
Location Benoni, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to South Africa, Easterns

STATS - ODI

Total matches 22
Matches won batting first 7
Matches won bowling first 13
Average 1st Inns scores 240
Average 2nd Inns scores 185
Highest total recorded 399/6 (50 Ov) by RSA vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded 91/10 (26.4 Ov) by NED vs BER
Highest score chased 258/3 (41.4 Ov) by SL vs RSA
Lowest score defended 295/5 (50 Ov) by RSA vs ZIM

STATS - T20

Total matches 2
Matches won bowling first 2
Average 1st Inns scores 148
Average 2nd Inns scores 150
Highest total recorded 174/6 (19.1 Ov) by RSAW vs PAKW
Highest score chased 174/6 (19.1 Ov) by RSAW vs PAKW

7) St Georges Park Cricket Ground, Port Elizabeth

St George’s Park Cricket Ground (also known as St Georges Park, Crusaders Ground[4] or simply Crusaders) is a cricket ground in St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It is the home of the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in South Africa, and the Eastern Province Club. It is also one of the venues at which Test matches and One Day Internationals are played in South Africa. It is older than Kingswood College in Grahamstown. The ground is notable for its brass band that plays during major matches, adding a unique flavour to its atmosphere.

The ground hosted its first Test match in March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by 8 wickets. This was South Africa’s first Test match. As of 2005, there have been 21 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 8 and their opponents 9 with 4 draws.

The first One Day International played at the ground was in December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets. As of 2005, there have been 25 One Day Internationals played at the ground including five in the Cricket World Cup in 2003.

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Opened 1882
Capacity 19000
Known as Sahara Oval; Crusaders Ground, St Georges Park
Ends Duckpond End, Park Drive End
Location Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to Eastern Province
Floodlights Yes

STATS - T20

Total matches 3
Matches won batting first 2
Matches won bowling first 1
Average 1st Inns scores 131
Average 2nd Inns scores 117
Highest total recorded 179/6 (20 Ov) by RSA vs NZ
Highest score chased 60/5 (9.5 Ov) by WI vs RSA
Lowest score defended 158/4 (20 Ov) by RSA vs AUS

8) Senwes Park, Potchefstroom

Senwes Cricket Stadium is a Cricket ground in Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa. It has hosted two Test matches, with the first in 2002. The Highveld Lions also play some home matches here. It is also home to AFL South Africa, the Australian rules football body responsible for developing the game in that country and the stadium is home to the South African national Australian rules football team, the Lions. On 29 October 2017, the venue hosted its first T20I match for South Africa against Bangladesh which was the 100th T20I for South Africa.

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FACTS

Known as North West Cricket Stadium Sedgars Park, Potchefstroom
Ends Cargo Motors End, University End
Location Potchefstroom, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to South Africa, North West
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 2
Matches won batting first 1
Matches won bowling first 1
Average 1st Inns scores 355
Average 2nd Inns scores 401
Average 3rd Inns scores 177
Average 4th Inns scores 90
Highest total recorded 496/3 (146 Ov) by RSA vs BAN
Lowest total recorded 90/10 (32.4 Ov) by BAN vs RSA

STATS - ODI

Total matches 27
Matches won batting first 10
Matches won bowling first 15
Average 1st Inns scores 228
Average 2nd Inns scores 195
Highest total recorded 418/5 (50 Ov) by RSA vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded 45/10 (14 Ov) by NAM vs AUS
Highest score chased 273/2 (39 Ov) by RSA vs ZIM
Lowest score defended 225/7 (48 Ov) by RSAW vs SLW

STATS - T20

Total matches 3
Matches won batting first 1
Matches won bowling first 2
Average 1st Inns scores 173
Average 2nd Inns scores 148
Highest total recorded 224/4 (20 Ov) by RSA vs BAN
Lowest total recorded 141/10 (18.3 Ov) by BAN vs RSA
Highest score chased 168/3 (18.5 Ov) by INDW vs RSAW
Lowest score defended 224/4 (20 Ov) by RSA vs BAN

9) Buffalo Park, East-London

Buffalo Park is a cricket ground located in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is one of the home grounds for the Warriors cricket team, and the principal home ground for Border. It can hold up to 20,000 spectators.Buffalo Park superseded the Jan Smuts Ground in East London as Borders main home ground in the 1987–88 season. It has hosted one Test match, in October 2002, and hosted a number of One Day Internationals.biggest

FACTS

Capacity 15000
Ends Buffalo Park Drive End, Bunkers Hill End
Location East London, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to Border
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 1
Matches won batting first 1
Average 1st Inns scores 529
Average 2nd Inns scores 170
Average 3rd Inns scores 252
Highest total recorded 529/4 (129 Ov) by RSA vs BAN
Lowest total recorded 170/10 (58.4 Ov) by BAN vs RSA

STATS - ODI

Total matches 22
Matches won batting first 10
Matches won bowling first 12
Average 1st Inns scores 225
Average 2nd Inns scores 194
Highest total recorded 369/6 (50 Ov) by RSA vs BAN
Lowest total recorded 115/10 (43.4 Ov) by ENG vs RSA
Highest score chased 257/5 (47.1 Ov) by SL vs NZ
Lowest score defended 129/10 (41.4 Ov) by RSA vs ENG

STATS - T20

Total matches 4
Matches won batting first 2
Matches won bowling first 2
Average 1st Inns scores 161
Average 2nd Inns scores 153
Highest total recorded 177/8 (20 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 126/10 (17.2 Ov) by ZIM vs RSA
Highest score chased 169/2 (19 Ov) by NZ vs RSA
Lowest score defended 177/8 (20 Ov) by RSA vs ENG

10) De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

The De Beers Diamond Oval is a multi-purpose stadium in Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. It opened in 1973 and has a capacity of 11,000. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches and is the home venue of both the VKB Knights, in the Sunfoil Series, and Northern Cape (formerly Griqualand West), in the CSA Provincial Competitions. Griqualand West left the old De Beers Stadium ahead of the 1973–74 season and have been resident at the Diamond Oval since then.

The ground is in the Cassandra district of Kimberley at the junction of Lardner Burke Avenue with Dickenson Avenue. It is adjacent to the Kimberley Country Club and close to the De Beers companys technical training campus.

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FACTS

Capacity 11000
Known as De Beers Country Club; Kimberley Country
Ends North End, South End
Location Kimberley, South Africa
Time Zone UTC +02:00
Home to Griqualand West

STATS - ODI

Total matches 18
Matches won batting first 6
Matches won bowling first 12
Average 1st Inns scores 223
Average 2nd Inns scores 182
Highest total recorded 304/5 (48.4 Ov) by SL vs RSA
Lowest total recorded 71/10 (36.5 Ov) by BANW vs RSAW
Highest score chased 304/5 (48.4 Ov) by SL vs RSA
Lowest score defended 279/8 (50 Ov) by NZ vs RSA

STATS - T20

Total matches 2
Matches won batting first 2
Average 1st Inns scores 160
Average 2nd Inns scores 148
Highest total recorded 194/6 (20 Ov) by RSA vs ZIM
Lowest score defended 127/6 (20 Ov) by RSAW vs BANW
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